NEW DELHI: Continuing with its crackdown on the civil aviation sector, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has recommended major penalty against M K Beri, a senior Air India official. Major penalty could mean his dismissal from government service, if a final departmental inquiry concurs with CVC's recommendation.
Sources said, CVC recommended disciplinary action against Beri for manipulating procedures to get his son a job with Air India. His son, a pilot who was with Air India Express, was suspended after the manipulation emerged in public.
Beri was the general manager (operations) when he manipulated the procedures to get his son appointed in the same company.
Beri has been an influential Air India executive for years because of several crucial posts he has held. He had been the OSD to the chairman-cum-managing director of Air India for long.
The CVC action against Beri comes even as it has recommended major penalty against eight senior officials of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the civil aviation regulator, for various illegal acts. Among those against whom major penalty has been recommended are a joint director general, two directors and four assistant directors. Most of these officials are accused of using their positions of influence to get their children or wives appointed in private airlines that they are supposed to monitor for safety and other attendant issues.
There are at least 13 other DGCA officials who are facing various vigilance actions. Their files are either with the CVC or the ministry of civil aviation.
Based on CVC's first stage recommendations, the departments concerned will constitute a departmental inquiry and subsequently decide the final quantum of punishment. Major penalty could mean immediate dismissal from government, removal from service or cumulative stoppage of salary increments.
Top Air India executive gets CVC stick for getting son pilot?s job - Times Of India